Original content sourced from Greg Hamerton’s ‘Fresh Air Site Guide’, 5th edition, 2006.
BASIC / B
DESCRIPTION: A site used when the wind is over the back (E) at Porterville.
WIND: SE – E GPS: +- S32o50’ E18o45’
LAUNCH: From the road – keep a watch out for traffic. Or walk uphill from the cars, over the fence and about 50m up through the bush where you’ll find a small cleared area.
ALTITUDE: 200m high (500m ASL), ceiling 450m ASL (mil), 2100m ASL (commrcl).
LANDING: Any of the uncultivated fields close to the road at the base of the pass. Beware of powerlines and telephone lines which cross some of the left fields.
DIRECTIONS: Take the N1 towards Paarl, turn left onto the N7, and drive to Piketberg. Enter the town via the first turning, and drive north through town. 1km out of town turn left to ‘Versveld Pass’. Park on the cutaway to the left just after the last right hairpin turn.
CAUTIONS: An Easterly wind can be a ‘berg wind’, with associated gusts, turbulence, and dust-devils. Take care that you do not under-estimate the wind speed, as it can be very strong aloft. If the wind is southerly, the gully in front of launch produces turbulence.
CARETAKER: Dirk (082 954 7043 | 022 913 3444)